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Carlow University Names Two Directors of the MBA Program

Carlow Faculty Members Enrique Mu, PhD, and Howard Stern, PhD, Will Lead the Graduate Program

Pittsburgh, Pa. – With the new academic year set to begin, Carlow University has named Enrique Mu, PhD, and Howard Stern, PhD, as directors of its master’s program in business administration (MBA). 

In announcing the appointments, Deanne H. D’Emilio, JD, the dean of the School of Management, said, “Drs. Mu and Stern bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership in a variety of areas that will bring great value to Carlow’s MBA program.”

Mu, an associate professor in the School of Management at Carlow since 2007, is an accomplished scholar and educator, who is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (IJAHP) dedicated to the diffusion of rational decision making, and U.S. director for the Latin American Society for Strategy. 

Prior to joining the Carlow faculty, he served as program director for the dual-degree MBA/MIS program in the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Before entering academe, he worked for Black Box Corporation, a Pittsburgh-based, data communications company, as business development manager for Latin America and as a customer support vice president for Comlasa Ltd., a computing solution firm, in the same region. He has been a project manager for several multimillion-dollar online banking automation projects in Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, and Chile.

Mu’s recent research includes the use of decision-making methodologies for eyewitness identification, which was funded by Carlow’s Grace Ann Geibel Institute for Justice and Social Responsibility as a signature project.  He has presented conference papers based on this research in the Netherlands and Malaysia this summer.  He earned the best conference paper award in Malaysia.

In April, at Carlow’s annual Honors Convocation, Mu was awarded The Dorothy Weber Cochran ’43 Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship and Research.  The Cochran award is the highest level of recognition for faculty scholarship and research at Carlow.  He also earned the competitive research credit release for Fall 2013.
Stern, an assistant professor in the School of Management, was the director and chief information officer (CIO) for the City of Pittsburgh until 2011.  He was named CIO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group in 2011.  He was interim CIO for Carlow in 2012.

Stern holds a PhD in political science and public policy from West Virginia University as well as master’s degrees in public administration and information technology from the University of Pittsburgh.   He recently co-authored (along with Dr. Mu) a paper based on his experience managing IT projects at the City of Pittsburgh, and it was published by the Journal of Information Technology Management.


Carlow University Alumna Establishes Miles Against Melanoma Scholarship

Jessica Vega-Rogowicz Wants Students to Go to Carlow, Not Go to the Dermatologist to Treat Skin Cancer

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Many universities’ alumni create scholarships to encourage others to attend their alma mater, and so does the scholarship created by Carlow University alumna Jessica Vega-Rogowicz.  It’s what the scholarship tries to discourage that sets it apart.

“During my college years, I was unaware of the damaging effect of sun and tanning bed exposure,” said Vega-Rogowicz, who graduated from Carlow in 2004 with a dual degree in elementary and special education.  “I vacationed yearly at the beach and started using tanning beds while I was in college.”

The “Jessica Vega-Rogowicz Miles Against Melanoma Scholarship” provides $1,000 for education majors to use for their studies.  As part of the application process, students are asked to submit a lesson plan that teaches students how to be safe in the sun to avoid health hazards like melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

“I established a scholarship because I feel it is good to give back and help someone with his or her college expenses,” said Vega-Rogowicz, who lives in Baldwin, Pa., and is a middle school teacher in the Hempfield School District.  “I also hope to encourage a teacher or future teacher to think about how they might raise awareness of sun safety in their students.”

Sun safety is crucially important to Vega-Rogowicz, as the cumulative effects of all that tanning caused her to be diagnosed, in 2006, with melanoma. She had a recurrence of melanoma in a different area in 2011.

“I thought I looked better with a tan, and I didn’t think much about the health risks,” she said.  “In my early 20s, I thought I would live forever.  I didn’t realize that skin cancer could be deadly.”

After her second diagnosis of melanoma, Vega-Rogowicz decided she wanted to spread awareness about the disease by forming a chapter of Miles Against Melanoma in the Pittsburgh area.  “Miles Against Melanoma” is a nationwide non-profit organization whose mission is to fight melanoma by increasing awareness, by supporting patients, survivors and families, and by fundraising for research.

“Being part of something like Miles Against Melanoma helps you realize you are not the only one in the world who has had melanoma,” she said.

During the Pittsburgh Chapter’s inaugural year, the organization raised $25,000 through a dinner event, a golf outing, a wine tasting, and a 5k run/walk.  The proceeds benefited the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.  She hopes to grow the chapter even larger and spread awareness about sun safety.  Her latest effort to get the word out is through establishing the scholarship at Carlow.

“When you are diagnosed with cancer, it hits you – I have cancer – and it makes a huge emotional impact,” she said.  “I had a lot of negative energy and I needed to channel it in a positive way.  Establishing a scholarship is one more positive way that I can raise awareness about sun safety.”


Suzanne K. Mellon, Ph.D. Appointed Carlow University’s 10th President

Dr. Mellon to assume the Presidency July 15

Dr. Suzanne K. MellonPittsburgh, Pa. – Following a national search, Carlow University’s Board of Trustees today appointed Suzanne K. Mellon, Ph.D., as the institution’s tenth president. She succeeds Dr. Mary Hines, who will step down next month after serving as Carlow’s president for eight years.

Dr. Mellon comes to Carlow from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she has served as Executive Vice President and Professor since 2009. As the chief operating officer and second in command to the President, she had responsibility for all areas of the College, inclusive of academic affairs, advancement, finance, marketing, enrollment, student affairs, athletics, and other administrative areas.

“Without question, Carlow’s Board of Trustees believes that it has found a wonderful match in Dr. Mellon, and we are delighted to welcome her as its tenth president,” said Board of Trustees Chair George L. Pry. “She has outstanding experience in all facets of higher education administration and proven knowledge of the major issues facing higher education. She is a visionary leader, whose creative outlook will help to strengthen Carlow and inspire others to join her. The Board is confident that Dr. Mellon will advance Carlow’s Catholic identity while modeling the values of the Sisters of Mercy.”

Said Sister Marie Immaculée Dana, local leader of the Sisters of Mercy and Chair of the Sponsor Council of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education, “In addition to her strong academic background, her experience in all aspects of higher education, and her history of leadership on campus and in the community, Dr. Mellon has lived and understands Catholic higher education, the Mercy mission and values that are fundamental to Carlow University. She will be well positioned to support the continued development of students, staff and faculty as the University moves forward.”

Under Dr. Mellon’s leadership, Saint Anselm’s revenue from foundations and grants grew significantly. She also has demonstrated important fundraising experience in her previous positions. Prior to her tenure at Saint Anselm, she held a distinguished series of faculty and administrative positions at the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University. During her tenure as Dean of the College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing at the University of Detroit Mercy, the College saw significant growth in the number of students and entrepreneurial academic programs were achieved, including the first online program at the University.

“I am delighted to come to Carlow University and the city of Pittsburgh at this exciting time,” said Dr. Mellon. “I look forward to immersing myself into the community and meeting the supporters of a university with Carlow’s distinctive and distinguished history.”

Dr. Mellon graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan with a B.S.N. in nursing, a master’s degree from the Ohio State University, and a philosophy from Wayne State University. She is a graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As Dr. Mellon assumes the role of president, she will also hold the academic rank of Professor at Carlow.

A leader in higher education, her influence spans multiple arenas. Dr. Mellon is an accreditation evaluator for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. She previously served as an evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and as a consultant for the Ohio Board of Regents. Her scholarship has resulted in published articles in national journals and invitations to present at national and international conferences on a variety of health topics, including the risk for inherited breast/ovarian cancer.

Dr. Mellon is the recipient of numerous professional, leadership and service awards. For example, she was the 2009 recipient of the “Integrity Matters” award from the College of Health Professions Honors Council, University of Detroit Mercy. In 2008, she received the Symond Gottlieb Award for Outstanding Health Care Leadership from the Greater Detroit Area Health Council. Additionally, she was recognized for outstanding contributions to the Urban Health Education Center by the University of Detroit Mercy.

Her community and professional activities have included practice as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist in several community organizations, service to the underserved in the community, and higher education consultation. Dr. Mellon has served on the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, New Hampshire, where she is currently the Vice Chair. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Trustees for Manchester’s YMCA and on the Board of Trustees for the New Hampshire Higher Education Loan Corporation.


Carlow University President Named President Emerita by Board of Trustees

Dr. Mary Hines Receives Numerous Awards and Honors in Advance of her July Retirement

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Carlow University Board of Trustees conferred Dr. Mary Hines, president of the University, with the tile “President Emerita,” at its May 6, 2013 meeting.

In the resolution, the board lauded Dr. Hines for leading the “growth and development of Carlow University,” as well as her “vision, her steadfast commitment, and her dedication to the mission and values of Carlow University.”

“Mary Hines has been an exceptional leader at a pivotal time in the life of Carlow University,” said Board Chair, George Pry.  “She has fostered the growth of Carlow’s uniquely collaborative style in education, while ensuring that the University is effectively positioned for continued success, a proud legacy, indeed.”

In addition to being conferred President Emerita, she received an honorary doctorate at Carlow’s Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2013.  Carlow also established the “Dr, Mary Hines Scholarship” to be awarded annually to a Pell-eligible female student who has demonstrated a commitment to community service.
Dr. Hines, who, in January, announced her intention to retire from Carlow when her contract is completed in July, has received numerous honors and recognition from the community.

In March, the Pittsburgh Business Times honored Dr. Hines with a special award at the business weekly’s annual “Business Women First Awards.”  During Dr. Hines’ tenure at Carlow, the University had been a big supporter of women in business, in general, and the Business Times’ “Business Women First Awards,” in particular.  Publisher Alan Robertson returned that favor by presenting her with the first award of the evening, a special award honoring her for her service to Carlow and the community.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald also honored Dr. Hines with a proclamation congratulating and thanking her for her eight years of service to Carlow.

“You leave behind a strong legacy,” Fitzgerald wrote in a letter accompanying the proclamation.  “As the first layperson to serve as the president of Carlow, you certainly had challenges ahead of you.  You have obviously exceeded all of them and, in doing so, have positioned Carlow University to continue to grow.”

Dr. Hines is Carlow University’s ninth president, and the first layperson to hold the office.  She came to Carlow from Penn State University’s Wilkes-Barre campus, where she served as campus executive officer for eight years from 1997 until 2005 and led the successful Campaign for its Academic Commons.  A complete biography of Dr. Hines can be found by following the link:


Two Seniors Earn Joseph G. Smith Award for Academic Achievement and Distinguished Service

Heather Kaczorowski and Rebekah Stern Given Carlow University’s Highest Academic Honor

Pittsburgh, Pa. – For the first time in Carlow University’s history, two students earned the institution’s highest academic honor.  Carlow seniors Heather Kaczorowski and Rebekah Stern were each presented with the Joseph G. Smith Award for Academic Achievement and Distinguished Service at the school’s Honors Convocation in April.

Kaczorowski, from Pittsburgh’s Crafton Heights neighborhood and Bishop Canevin High School, majored in political science and mass media communications with a pre-law minor.  She was a varsity athlete in all four years at Carlow, starting at guard on the Carlow Celtics basketball team, where she was a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar Athlete, and named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All Academic Team.  She was a founder of the Carlow student chapter of the American Association of University Women, and was involved with the campus Diversity Dialogues Initiative.  She received recognition as the Political Science Academic Achievement and Distinguished Service Award, and received the Martin Luther King Social Justice Award.  She works as a community outreach specialist in the Office of City of Pittsburgh Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, and last summer, she completed an internship with a health care lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., through the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN).

“Carlow provided opportunities that I know I would have never experienced had I attended anywhere else,” said Kaczorowski.  “I had opportunities to grow intellectually, as well as morally.  I would have never thought women’s rights would ever become a passion, but I see it connect directly to my ideal career in the law.  Carlow did not force, but rather instilled the notion that women leadership is needed and that it takes all of us to change the dynamics of what women are up against, especially in the political sphere.”

Stern, from Butler, Pa., is a mass media communications major.  She has already accepted a position with Teach for America St. Louis, where she has made a two year commitment to teach elementary students in an under-resourced public school.  During her academic career at Carlow, Stern was involved in the Office of Student Activities, including being a first year mentor, a peer tutor in the Hopkins Communication Lab, and a mentor coordinator for the annual Fashion For Kids’ Sake show to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Allegheny County.  She was president of the Campus Activities Board for the past two years, where she led a five-person executive board to plan events on campus,  and monitored a budget of $80,000.  She is a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, and in 2012 went to Laredo, Texas to build houses for Habitat for Humanity as part of Carlow’s Alternative Spring Break experience.

“I’m incredibly honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Joseph G. Smith Award,” said Stern.  “Carlow has provided me so many amazing opportunities, and to be recognized for my achievements here is unreal.  My favorite line in Carlow’s mission statement is about engaging its community to embrace an ethic of service for a just and merciful world.  Many of the activities I’ve participated in have helped weave service into my life and ultimately helped me be selected to serve as a Corps Member in Teach for America in its most competitive year.    Carlow has instilled so many values in my life, and I am excited to share them with the rest of the world.”

The Joseph G. Smith Award, Carlow’s highest academic honor, is named for the former chair of the Board of Trustees, who served on Carlow’s board for three decades.  This honor recognizes a graduating senior for academic distinction, community service,  and service to the Carlow community.

As recipients of this year’s Smith award, Kaczorowski and Stern will give the student address at Carlow’s Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.


Carlow University Honors Five Distinguished Alumnae as Carlow Laureates

Recognized for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Professional Contributions, and Service

Carlow University has selected five distinguished alumnae as its 2013 Carlow Laureates, the University’s most prestigious alumnae award.  The Laureates will be honored at a special luncheon at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland on Friday, May 10, 2013, at noon.

“Our Carlow Laureates are recognized for their outstanding academic achievements, professional contributions, and serving leadership,” says Dr. Mary Hines, president of Carlow University. “Recipients of this award have risen to the highest ranks of their chosen professions, have contributed to new knowledge in their disciplines, and have been guided by the principles of a Carlow education—one tied to academic rigor, but one also tied to service.”
The 2013 Carlow Laureates are  (Complete Biographies are attached at the end of this release):

Margaret Meis Armen, JD, chief president and executive officer of MicroCredit NOW. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish in 1969.

Barbara K. Mistick, PhD, president of Wilson College. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1990

Carol Awkard Neyland, vice president of community development at Dollar Bank. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in classical languages in 1973.

Sister Cynthia Serjak, RSM, minister in the Office of New Membership, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in organ, music education, and theology in 1972 and her Master of Science in professional leadership in 1997.

Another Carlow Laureate award will be presented posthumously to Rita McGinley, educator and philanthropist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and English in 1940.

The Laureates will also participate in Carlow’s Spring Commencement at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum on Saturday, May 11, 2013.  


Carlow University Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Its First Graduating Class

Alice McKeever Riley, Member of First Graduating Class, Is Alive and Well at Nearly 103 Years of Age

Pittsburgh, Pa. – On Saturday, May 11, 2013, as the newest graduates of Carlow University receive their diplomas, they will be joined in spirit by Alice McKeever Riley, class of 1933, the sole remaining member of the original graduating class of Mt. Mercy College – now known as Carlow University.

Alice McKeever Riley, 102 years of age, lives in the health center of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Ill., where her daughter, Sister Rose Marie Riley, is the prioress of the congregation.

“Mom never ceases to amaze me.  She will turn 103 in June,” said Sister Rose Marie.  “Her health is good.  She is a mother and a teacher at heart.  Mention ‘Mount Mercy College’ and her eyes light up.  She recalls working hard at her studies and getting an excellent education.”

McKeever Riley grew up in Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington neighborhood, and was a student at St. Mary of the Mount grade school before enrolling at Our Lady of Mercy Academy – a high school located on the grounds of present day Carlow University.  When the Sisters of Mercy founded the university, she enrolled there to continue her education.  She recalls working at Woolworth’s Five and Ten Cent Store, polishing all the equipment before she went home each night, to help pay for college.

“My parents didn’t have the opportunity to go to college,” McKeever Riley told the Carlow Journal in 2011.  “Papa believed that women should have a good education, just like men.  My twin brothers (who attended Duquesne University) were the oldest followed by four girls.  He wanted all of us to go to college, and so did Mama.  I never thought of it, but I guess Papa believed in equality for women back then.”

McKeever Riley tells her daughter that “as soon as I graduated, I had a [teaching] job,” and she continued to teach until her retirement in 1974.  She married Austin Riley in 1943, and they raised a family.

“I wanted my children to understand why I was working,” she told the Carlow Journal.  “The cost of living had gone up and my husband and I wanted our children to have a good education.  I loved being a housewife and mother, but knew working was important for the children.  They were able to get a good Catholic education.  We all worked together.  That’s important for a family.”

With a deep faith in God, McKeever Riley credits her long life to “all part of God’s plan.”

“She enjoys visits from her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren,” reports Sister Rose Marie.  “She especially loves watching the little ones at play.  Her favorite pastimes are singing and looking at family pictures.” 


Carlow University’s Spring Commencement Set for Saturday, May 11 2013

Nearly 300 Will Walk in 1 p.m. Ceremony at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carlow University’s 2012-13 academic year will come to a close with Commencement on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. 

The graduating class will consist of 297 (22 men and 275 women), of which 217 will receive bachelor’s degrees, 72 master’s degrees, and eight will be awarded their doctorates.

The commencement speaker will be Susie Shipley, the Western Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley Region President for Huntington Bank.  Shipley has been named one of the “Best 50 Women in Business” in Pennsylvania and is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumna award from The Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.  Her most recent honor came just last year when she was named the Pittsburgh Business Times’ 2012 Women in Business Award Winner.  Prior to her current job with Huntington, Shipley has also worked for Citizens Bank and PNC Bank.

Katherine Donahue Freyvogel, president of Oakland Catholic High School and a Carlow Woman of Spirit®, will receive an honorary doctorate at the commencement ceremony. 
Freyvogel has been involved with the high school since its inception in 1988 and first served as the president on the board of directors until being named president of the school in 1997.  In her time as president, she has led a large campaign to fund renovations that now allow the school to accommodate 525 students.

In addition to being president at Oakland Catholic, Freyvogel has worked with St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind for over thirty years in a variety of positions and has been a member of the 25 Club of Magee Women’s Hospital, which raises money for neonatal research, for over 20 years.

Prior to the commencement ceremony, there will be a Baccalaureate Mass for all graduates and their families at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland.  The Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Harry E. Nichols, Carlow’s chaplain, as well as the pastor of St. Stanislaus/St. Peters in the Strip District.


Seventh Grader at Campus School of Carlow University Wins National Online Music Contest

Hannah Kwiecinski, an Ingram Resident, Will Get the Chance to Sing for Grammy Winning Producer

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Hannah Kwiecinski, 12, a 7th grader at The Campus School of Carlow University, has been chosen as the winning vocalist from kids around the country in Camp Jam’s “I’m In The Band Contest”.

Grammy Award winning producer Darryl Swann will mix the final performance tracks of the winning vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums.   In addition to the mixed and autographed CD by Swann, winners will also receive a free week at any Camp Jam Camp (18 national sites), a phone call from one of the Rock Star panel judges, and a prize package tailored to their instrument.

Camp Jam is the nation’s largest rock ‘n’ roll summer camp and was founded in Atlanta in 2004 by Jeff Carlisi, a lead guitarist/song writer for the group 38 Special, and business partner Dan Lipson, the founder/CEO of the Official NASCAR Catalog. The contest ran from February 1st through March 18th and was open to young musicians in six categories (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals, beat makers/DJ’s) between the ages of 9 and 17.

Contestants video taped themselves playing along to a track of “Come Together” and uploaded it to YouTube. Finalists were chosen based on overall talent, originality and fan support. They had until April 10th to complete a second video and recording using audio recording gear they were mailed to record themselves via computer. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges that included: Carlisi, Swann, and Liberty DeVitto, a drummer with 30+ years experience playing for Billy Joel.

Hannah is no stranger to Pittsburgh’s entertainment scene. For the past 4 summers she has been on The Benedum stage in Pittsburgh CLO productions, including The Sound of Music (2011; Brigitta) & Annie (2012; July). She was most recently seen in Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s Garden of Eden at The Byham Theater in March. Hannah is a 2011 Kean Idol Finalist and nourishes her love of rock ‘n’ roll by singing lead vocals for her band, Purple Maze.

You can view Hannah’s winning video at:


Carlow University MEd Student Wins $10,000 Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship

Youngwood Resident Kimberly A. Snyder Takes Classes at Carlow’s Greensburg Campus

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Kimberly Snyder, a student in the master’s program in education at Carlow University Greensburg and a resident of Youngwood, Pa., has been awarded the Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship.  Currently, Snyder is a substitute teacher in the Yough School District.

The $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to four students “to support and encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue a career in children’s media and further the values and principles of Fred Roger’s work,” according to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s website.

“One of the most exciting aspects of the award is that the Academy of Arts and Television, which is awarding the scholarship, is flying me to Los Angeles for an educational panel discussion and the College Television Awards,” Snyder said.

Snyder was awarded the scholarship to develop technology-related programming that will promote Mister Rogers’ legacy.  She is still deciding between several different opportunities for her independent study.

To assist her with this, she has been paired with a mentor.  Gregg Behr, Snyder’s mentor, serves as the executive director for the Grable Foundation – a Pittsburgh-based foundation that improves the lives of young people.

The educational panel discussion will be on April 24 and then on April 25, she will attend the awards, which will be hosted by Tom Bergeron.


Carlow University Sophomore Selected to Study at Queens University Belfast

Lincoln Place Resident Jocelyn Inlay Will Spend 2013-2014 Academic Year in Belfast

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carlow University sophomore Jocelyn Inlay, a resident of the City of Pittsburgh’s Lincoln Place neighborhood, has been selected for the Irish American Scholars program, and will spend the 2013-2014 academic year at Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

“I’m really excited to be in the capitol of Northern Ireland,” said Inlay, whose tuition for next academic year will be waived by Queens University, a reward for being selected as an Irish American Scholar.  “I think the experience will make me grow in so many ways.”

Inlay, who has a double major at Carlow in political science and communications for advocacy, is eager to spend her junior year abroad.

“I’m interested in public policy and how to create change through the political system,” she said.  “I want to volunteer to learn hands-on how public policy works in Northern Ireland.”

With the help of Carlow faculty, Inlay, who will depart the U.S., in mid-September and stay until the end of the academic year in June, has already begun to explore the offerings at Queens University.

“We have reviewed the course listings in politics and international affairs, and are excited by the many ways her studies in Belfast would contribute to her academic development,” said Allyson Lowe, PhD, the chair of the political science department at Carlow and one of the faculty members who wrote a letter of recommendation for Inlay.  “There is significant local interest in the Pittsburgh area in conflict resolution, and we are pleased to see her have an opportunity to pursue conflict resolution in the Northern Ireland context, as just one of many possible areas of study.”

Inlay also received a letter of recommendation from Jessica Friedrichs, MSW, MPA,  the coordinator of the service learning program and a faculty member in the social work program.

“Jocelyn has both a natural curiosity in the world around her and the drive to make a difference in that world,” said Friedrichs.  “This is a perfect combination as she brings an intellectual approach to exploring the challenges we face in society, as well as the energy of activism, service, and political action in her daily life.”

The Irish American Scholars program, which is run by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, is highly competitive and receives a large number of applicants each year.  To apply, a student must first be nominated by their home school.  An applying student must also maintain at least a 3.2 GPA, write an essay, and have two letters of recommendation.

Five Northern Ireland universities accept American students for one or two semesters as a thank you for Study USA, the opposite program which sends Northern Ireland students to universities in the United States.

For her part, Inlay is eagerly anticipating spending the upcoming academic year abroad.

“”I’ve never been to another country before, so I’m looking forward to this,” said Inlay.


Carlow University Sets Tuition for 2013-2014 Academic Year

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carlow University's Board of Trustees set tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 academic year.

“We have taken great care to keep expenditures and tuition increases as low as possible, while maintaining our unwavering commitment to academic quality,” said Dr. Mary Hines, President of Carlow University.  “Maintaining a high quality educational experience while remaining affordable for our students and their families continues to be our highest priority.”

Tuition for full-time undergraduate students will be $12,600 per semester, an increase of $485. Room and board will increase by $192 per semester to total $5,007.

Tuition for undergraduate students in Carlow's Adult Degree Center (ADC) will be $608 per credit.

Tuition for most graduate students will be $744 per credit. Students in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing, the Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics, and the doctoral programs in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) and Nursing Practice (DNP) will pay $874 per credit.

As always, Carlow's financial aid counselors are available to assist students and answer questions.

Tuition for The Campus School of Carlow University will be adjusted as follows:

Costs for the half-day Pre-kindergarten and Montessori program per semester will be $3,275, an increase of $95. Tuition for the full-day Pre-kindergarten and Montessori program per semester will be $4,522, an increase of $132. The cost for full-day Kindergarten through Eighth Grade per semester will be $5,464, an increase of $159.


Carlow University President Announces Her Retirement After Eight Years

Her Service to the University Will Conclude on July 31, 2013

Pittsburgh, Pa. – At the annual State of the University Address, Carlow University President Dr. Mary Hines announced that she will retire as president at the conclusion of her term on July 31, 2013. 

“The University is well positioned to allow me to move on to a new phase in my life,” said Dr. Hines, who has spent 55 years in education, including 43 years in higher education in Maryland and Pennsylvania.  “At the end of this five year extension of my current contract, I will retire to return to the family that has made significant sacrifices to support my leadership in higher education over these many years.”

During her eight-year tenure, Carlow has experienced increased community visibility, academic transformation and significant milestones.

  • Carlow has become a respected and vibrant University in name, in practice, and in reputation both in and beyond Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh leaders serve on Carlow advisory committees, as adjunct faculty, and as MBA Executives in Residence. Carlow has developed vibrant partnerships in Pittsburgh, as well as nationally and internationally.
  • Carlow’s endowment increased its 2005 market value by six times, and the University has received several of the largest gifts in its history.
  • Graduate School enrollment has more than doubled. The University initiated two highly successful doctoral programs: Nursing Practice and Counseling Psychology (both achieving maximum accreditation), an international on-line Masters in Fraud and Forensics, an MBA with an on-line option, an on-line Special Education Certificate, and other graduate programs designed to meet the employment needs of learners and  the contemporary workplace.
  • Undergraduate academic programs in social work and nursing were awarded maximum accreditation; the University received re-affirmation of its overall accreditation; and undergraduate programs have been designed to reflect the needs of 21st century learners.
  • The size of the full time faculty has doubled. Increased faculty scholarship, research and national/international presentations have brought significant professional recognition to them, to their students, and great pride to Carlow.
  • The University increased its footprint in Oakland with the acquisition of the former St. Agnes Elementary School and now owns all the former St. Agnes Parish buildings. The Oakland Campus has undergone significant improvements in landscape design, facilities improvements, and technology infrastructure.
  • The University responded to community requests to expand the Campus School of Carlow University’s Montessori program to serve children up to 9 years of age; the Early Learning Programs have achieved high recognition and full accreditation from its national association, and partners in Early Childhood Education with a women’s university in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Carlow’s Campus School initiated a new curriculum focus in STEAM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).
  • Carlow founded Carlow Laureates for distinguished alumnae, and redesigned its “Women of Spirit” Awards program to include a “Women of Spirit Institute” offering summer camps for young women to explore emerging professions.
  • The numbers of Carlow students studying abroad has tripled, as has student engagement as servant leaders within Carlow, as well as locally and nationally.  Carlow’s student athletes have won Conference championships.
  • The University has demonstrated and has been recognized at the highest levels for its overall commitment to the Mercy values of justice and service in the community and nationally through service learning programs and volunteer leadership.

“Mary Hines has been an exceptional leader at a pivotal time in the life of Carlow University. Her vision and dedication to the Mercy mission have guided the institution forward as it transitioned from college to university status,” said George Pry, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees. “She has fostered the growth of Carlow’s uniquely collaborative style in education, while ensuring that the University is effectively positioned for continued success — a proud legacy, indeed. The Board is deeply grateful for Mary’s selfless service and wishes her many blessings as she begins the next chapter of her life.”

Dr. Hines is Carlow University’s ninth president, and the first lay person to hold the office.  She came to Carlow from Penn State University’s Wilkes-Barre campus, where she served as campus executive officer for eight years from 1997 until 2005 and led the successful Campaign for its Academic Commons.  A complete biography of Dr. Hines can be found by following the link:

A search committee has been formed and a search firm has been retained to assist in the search for the tenth president of Carlow University.


Carlow University’s Special Education Professor Makes Presentation in Kuwait

Dr. Susan L. O’Rourke Participated in Conference on December 3-5, 2012

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Susan L. O’Rourke, EdD, a faculty member from Carlow University’s School of Education, is a champion of special education and the rights of disabled students to have the same opportunities as everyone else.  Because of this reputation, she was asked to present at the Training Gate International Convention and Celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Kuwait City, Kuwait, on December 3 through 5, 2012.

This presentation is significant because the Kuwaiti government recently passed a law for the Rights of People with Disabilities – their own version of the Americans with Disabilities Act – which, among other things, will provide for the education of all children regardless of their abilities by 2014. 

“In preparation for schools and teachers to meet the regulations of this legislation and to provide educational opportunities for students with disabilities, Training Gate is providing professional development sessions for teachers and administrators,” said O’Rourke, the chair of special education and instructional technology programs and the coordinator of the graduate education programs at Carlow University.  “Because those students with disabilities who are fortunate enough to be receiving an education receive their education in secluded, separate schools, teachers in the general education environments are not prepared to include them into their schools, classrooms, and instruction.”

O’Rourke, who is also the president of the Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES), presented on the following topics in special education:

Dec. 3 - Disability Area- Autism Spectrum Disorder: Examining Characteristics and the Range of Abilities and Effective Practices
Dec. 4 - Disability Area- Severe/Profound: Determining Goals and Objectives and Effective Practices
Dec. 5 - Disability Area- Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders: Overview (ADHD, Depression, ODD, OCD, Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar, Conduct Disorder).

Training Gate International’s goal is, “Removing Barriers to Create an Inclusive and Accessible Society for All.”

“Training Gate plans to expand these training opportunities and have proposed week-long seminars which will be available to all teachers and administrators in the Middle East and North Africa,” said O’Rourke. “The repositioning of Carlow's School of Education, which includes the development of digital learning environments that can be accessed remotely and specifically the graduate level special education program which is available online, may provide an opportunity to expand our communities of practice to include teachers in Kuwait and the Middle East and Northern Africa region as we all work to create inclusive opportunities for individuals with 'different abilities.’“


Carlow University's President Dr. Mary Hines Listed in Irish Education 100

Top 100 Educators with Irish Heritage Compiled by “The Irish Voice” Newspaper

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Irish Voice newspaper has named Carlow University President, Dr. Mary Hines, to the Irish Education 100.

The list recognizes the top figures in higher education in North America who have Irish heritage.  Dr. Hines and the other honorees are invited to a reception at the New York City home of Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny in December.

Dr. Hines was appointed Carlow University’s ninth president on May 2, 2005. Dr. Hines came to Carlow from Penn State University’s Wilkes-Barre campus, where she served as its Chancellor/Campus Executive Officer from 1997 until the summer of 2005.  Among other highly successful initiatives realized under her leadership, she led that campus through an ambitious capital campaign.

A New York City native, Dr. Hines’ academic degrees are in philosophy.  She earned her B.A. degree (summa cum laude) from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, where she graduated first in her class and also received the College’s Ethics Award.  She received a National Fellowship to pursue her M.A. and Ph.D., which were awarded by the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Hines holds the academic rank of Professor of Philosophy at Carlow University.

Committed to active participation in community organizations, Dr. Hines currently serves Pittsburgh and Carlow on the Board or committees of the following regional organizations: Friends of St. Patrick Founding Board (Pittsburgh Chapter), Good Shepherd School Advisory Board, the Board of the Urban League of Pittsburgh, the International Women’s Forum (Chair of the Membership Committee, and member of the Executive Committee), the Southwestern Pennsylvania Economy League, the Regional Investors Council of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (Chair, Presidents Council, 2009-2011), United Way's Women's Leadership Council Committee, Allegheny County/City of Pittsburgh Joint Commission on Women, and the Amen Corner Board of Advisors. She serves on the Presidents' Council of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education.  In March, 2010, she was elected to the Board of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and serves as a member of its Nominating Committee.  Dr. Hines has recently served on the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, the Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone (PCKIZ) Board, the Leadership Pittsburgh Board, the Magistrate Judge Selection Committee for the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania, as a judge for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Jewish Committee’s Louis Caplan Human Relations Award, and as a Peer Reviewer for the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), program for Women in Leadership in Theological Education. She has served as a Site Visit Team Chair for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She volunteers on Host Committees for numerous community organizations' fund-raising events.

Recently, Dr. Hines led the successful efforts of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) to defeat the "tuition tax" proposal in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She has been an invited speaker at several community and national educational association conferences on this topic, and as Chair of PCHE, she accepted the AICUP's Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement for PCHE's success in the Mayor's repeal of the tuition tax proposal.


Carlow University Doctoral Program Receives Seven Year APA Accreditation

APA’s Commission on Accreditation Awards Carlow Most Years Possible

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carlow University’s doctoral program in counseling psychology has been accredited for seven years by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). 

“This is the next and most important step in the growth of our program, and I rejoice in this good news with the faculty that made it happen,” said Dr. Mary Hines, president of Carlow University.

“It is virtually unheard of for a new program to receive the maximum level of accreditation,” said Mary C. Burke, PhD, director of the program.  “We are thrilled about this development and are grateful for the support we’ve received from our administration during the six years it took to develop and run the program.”

Carlow’s doctor of psychology (PsyD) degree in counseling psychology seeks to train future psychologists to promote psychological wellness in individuals, couples, families, groups, and larger social systems.  It is one of only three counseling psychology programs in the country with a social justice focus. 

Earning the degree requires approximately four years of full-time academic study beyond the master’s degree - three years are dedicated to coursework including advanced practica and progress in the preliminary stages of the practice-oriented dissertation. The final year is reserved for defense of the dissertation and for the completion of a year long, full-time internship.

For more information about Carlow University’s doctoral degree in counseling psychology, please visit and follow the links for the program under graduate studies.